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May 24, 2013

Little Axe not forgotten amidst severe weather events

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NORMAN —

Ries said they also are in need of bottled water, sunscreen, leather gloves, wheel barrows, manpower to pick up limbs, roofing material that was ripped from homes, chain saws and generators.

A concerned Oklahoma resident, Benjamin Carver, said he has been in contact with the Pecan Valley Junction and said some residents refuse to leave their property although their homes have been destroyed.

Carver said those residents are in need of tents, blankets, sleeping bags, air mattresses and coolers. Gift cards to the local store, Country Boy, or Visa gift cards also would be helpful, he said.

Cleveland County Emergency Manager George Mauldin said shovels and rakes will be needed as residents clean up their properties. Mauldin said Thursday that cleanup has not really begun yet, but all the debris on the roads has been cleared up and power lines have been taken care of.

The only road that remained shut down as of Thursday was Indian Hills Road because of a transmission line that was down, he said.

As residents begin cleanup, they are encouraged to move tree limbs and brush to the road side for collection by Cleveland County crews. Construction debris needs to be kept separate from tree limbs and brush.

Stacy said he has been in contact with FEMA discussing how debris will be removed from the area.

“I also want to emphasize that all residents (affected) need to register with FEMA,” Stacy said. Residents can register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

For those who would like to donate food but need a place to prepare it, Mauldin said two kitchen facilities in the area are available: the Absentee Shawnee Resource Center and Pecan Valley Baptist Church.

“I would like to tell (residents) we are in this for the long haul and we will be here until we are completely cleaned up and recovered,” Stacy said. “My prayers go to those families that lost their houses and have damaged property. I know it’s difficult, but they’re a very resilient community and we’ll be there to help them through it.”

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